Mardik Martin, the co-screenwriter behind Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, New York, New York and Raging Bull, has died. He was 84, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
American Armenian screenwriter Mardik Martin dies aged 84
STEPANAKERT, SEPTEMBER 13, ARTSAKHPRESS: Martin died Wednesday at his home in Studio City of a stroke, the WGA West said. His friend and screenwriter Howard Rodman also shared the news in a Facebook post.
Of Armenian descent, Martin was born in Iran on September 16, 1934, but raised in Iraq.
He left for America at age 18 and studied at NYU in the early 1960s, when he met fellow student Scorsese.
“We spent a lot of time together aside from writing,” Martin told the Los Angeles Times of his college friendship with Scorsese.
Aside from his work with Scorsese, Martin co-wrote the screenplay to the late Ken Russell’s 1977 film Valentino.
He spent much of his later life teaching screenwriting with stints at universities.